Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's most thrilling mystery yet.
The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.
But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who's not a cop. Reporter Jameson Rook.
In the midst of New York's coldest winter in a hundred years, there's one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises.
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I enjoy the Castle books. Good story with interesting plot twists.
No, I don't really care for Mr Heller's performance but I enjoy the Castle books so I "tolerate" him.
In the middle
At the end when Nikki is sitting with Rook in the hospital
I LOVE the series and really thought that the book might not be quite up to parr. I was not disappointed. I love to listen to a mystery and still be able to laugh. I thought the Johnny Heller did a stellar job reading also. Can't wait to listen to the others!!
I think a different narrator might have improved my rating though it may have been the material given that the sample didn't discourage me from getting this book.
I really had no interest in the sounds coming out of his mouth. It could have been an eighth grade English teacher reading aloud the previous night's homework.
The story is a fun romp much like the TV show, from which the book spawns, but with a larger dose of camp.
If I had paid more for this I might have been more upset. That I got it as part of a bundle means my review is coated with a cup of sugar.
It filled several hours on an otherwise dull drive which made it time well-spent. The story was entertaining but not enough to distract from driving. In short it drowned out the road noice but the story didn't want me to pull over and just listen to it.
We arrived at our destination before reaching the end of the story and the story did not grab us enough to sit in the parking lot to find out what happened next.
Mr. Heller was the best part of the story, his voice range and timing of delivery of dialog was superb. He gave life to the characters.
The first book (Heat Wave) in the series was much better than this one. This book was OK but lacked the charm of the first. The Rook (Castle) character was more of a background character in this one and it is his quips and cute irritations that set this series of books apart from other murder mysteries. Just as in the TV series it is the interplay of the Heat (Beckett) and Rook (Castle) characters that generate the "Heat" of the stories, the murder mystery is just the back drop to the characters. I think most readers (listeners) are more interested in the relationship between the two main characters than actually finding out who done it.
I love the TV show, the chemistry between all the actors is perfect. The book however missed out on that chemestry. The story took to long, I was getting impatent with the progress, there was no ergancy to the story at all until the end but by then I lost enterest in the story. Sorry but its not as good as the TV show.
If you are a fan of the TV show, then you'll find that Heat Rises is just as spunky. This is yet another very relaxing and fun read. Richard Castle has done it again.
Well, there are so many books to listen to, not sure I would re-listen at this time. Perhaps a few years from now I would revisit the series.
Excellent reading, no difficulty differentiating the characters. The cadence and tone are quite good, makes one forgets it is a reading, more like a play.
Laughed on occasion at some of the writing.
We are fans of Castle, and looked for a light book to listen to together on longer car rides. We listen over 2 or 3 trips, so this is perfect... not difficult to get back into when a week or two apart, and interesting story line. Entertaining, is what we were looking for...
"Heat Rises" is one of my favourite audiobooks to listen to and enjoy over again.
An interesting plot that is made more exciting by it's heroine. Nikki Heat has strong convictions, and doesn't suffer fools. She is one of the strongest female leads I have ever read, equal measure confident and compassionate and smart. This is one of the few audiobooks I have bookmarked selections to go back and listen to over again.
The narration is clear and the voices distinct for the characters; however, I would have preferred hearing a woman's voice to match Nikki's view.
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